Backstage Pass

Back by popular demand, this lively class combines music history and performance study with "field trips" to varied performances in the Vancouver area. Each term focuses on a specific genre of classical music, with special guest performers and lecturers from performing arts organizations.

Tickets for events are NOT included in the price of the course, and must be purchased separately through each organization.

Instructor: Dr. Kevin Zakresky
Recommended for:
Adults and High-school age students. No musical
experience required
Adults with an interest in classical music. No experience required.
Dates and Times: 8 weeks each term. Saturdays, 1.30-3pm. See dates below.
Fee: $250 per term
Minimum enrollment required


Term 1: The Piano Sonata

Sat, 1.30-3pm
Oct 7 - Dec 16
(no class Nov 4, Dec 2 or 9)

Delve into performances of Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin with Vancouver Recital Society and the Chopin Society.

Vancouver Recital Society Companion Concerts:
Oct 1 - Van Cliburn Winner  |  Oct 15 - Zhang Zuo
Oct 22 - George Li  |  Nov 19 - Paul Lewis
Vancouver Chopin Society Companion Concert:
Nov 12 - Seong-Jin Cho

Term 2: Great Orchestral Works

Sat, 1.30-3pm
Jan 13 - Mar 3

Focus on VSO performances of works by Dvorak, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Bruckner and VSO composer-in-residence Jocelyn Morlock.

VSO Companion Concerts:
Jan 13, 14, 15 - Otto Tausk Conducts Brahms and Dvorak
Feb 3, 5 - Symphonie Espagnole
Mar 3, 5 - Great Romantics

Term 3: 19th Century Opera

Sat, 1.30-3pm
Apr 14 - Jun 2

Explore Vancouver Opera's production of Eugene Onegin and Seattle Opera's production of Aida.

Vancouver Opera Companion Performance:
Apr 27, May 5 - Eugene Onegin
Seattle Opera Companion Performance:
May 5-19 - Aida

           Minimum enrollment required

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